berylman: Tranquilizer darts and blowguns need to make a comeback. Can't be any worse.
capt.hollister: Litterbox: hubiestubert: And you think that tasering a teenager who was spray painting as his big crime de jour, meets those requirements? Really?I never said that. From what I understand of this event, he ran and then allegedly attacked an officer. He got Tased because he was not complying with the officers while being arrested, not because he was spraypainting. Lets look at it another way...what if there were no Taser here and the cops got into a fistfight with this kid or something else happens that didnt need to. Its unfortunate that he died, but the Taser had little to nothing to do with that.I'm not against cops (well, except when they give me a ticket, in which case they are nothing more that tax collectors) and I will not insult you or call you names. But that last statement leaves me wondering. The kid may have been high, he may have had a preexisting medical condition, but what ultimately killed him was the cops' Taser. Until he ran into the Taser, he had managed to live quite well (though perhaps not productively) with his hypothesized drug habit or medical condition, so those are not what killed him. Have you ever considered that every single time your department uses a Taser there is a possibility (you place it 1:100000) that it will kill someone ? in your city of 20,000,000 that's at least 200 people who should not be tasered. Are you willing to take the risk that everyone you taser is not one of these 200 ?I bet that within your own department, every time a Taser is used to train one of your own, a doctor is present...
Kiwimann: Yeah, read the article. Very sorry he died, but he was committing vandalism and resisting arrest.That's not to say that he in any way deserved to die, but you can draw a line of causality from the choices he made to the end that he met. If he hadn't been vandalizing private property, he would be alive today. If he hadn't tried to run away from the police who caught him vandalizing private property, he would also be alive today.Bad choices can occasionally produce bad outcomes.
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